Chef Ellen

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This dish is a favorite in my family. We cannot get enough of this, especially in warmer weather. Bok choy contains many essential minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Snap peas are low in calories but pack a punch with fiber, vitamins C and K, and folate. The ramen buckwheat is a delicious alternative to regular pasta and is linked to cancer prevention and better regulation of blood sugar and inflammatory responses.


  • 2 packs about 5 ounces buckwheat ramen noodles (see notes)
  • 1 bunch baby bok choy thinly sliced
  • 6 inch stalks asparagus blanched and cut into 1/2 lengths
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas trimmed and julienned (see notes)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • optional toppings: roasted pumpkin sesame, or sunflower
  • seeds; lime wedges; thinly sliced avocado; chopped cilantro;
  • chopped scallions


  • ¼ cup coconut or rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon olive coconut, or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 Juice of lime about 3 to 4 tablespoons



  • Cook the noodles according to the package directions and rinse with cool water to keep them from sticking together. Put the noodles in a big bowl. Add the Bok choy, asparagus, bell pepper, carrot, snap peas, basil, and cilantro and mix gently. Set aside to make the dressing, put all the ingredients in a small bowl or mason jar and whisk or shake until well combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and mix lightly to dress. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the toppings of your choice and enjoy.
  • NOTES: Look for 100 percent buckwheat noodles. King Soba brand is organic and has a 9.8-ounce package that’s enough for 4 servings.
  • There are also soup mixes (Lotus Foods, Big Green, and one tang) with millet and brown rice noodles; just omit the soup seasoning packet and use the noodles.
  • Wondering how to trim a snap pea? It’s important because eating a snap pea with the vein intact is unpleasant and hard to chew. The tip or string should be dangling and attached to the concave side of the shell. use a small paring knife to grab the string and pull along the side. It will come off easily. once you pull off the first tip, pull the second tip in the opposite direction and discard.